Juwari / ज्वारी / Sorghum / Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench

Local Name: Juwari / ज्वारी

Common Name: Sorghum

Botanical Name: Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Herb

  • Occurrence: Cropland, fallow fields, roadside, open disturbed areas, areas along railroads.

  • Season of Availability: Warmer parts of the year

  • Geography: Africa

  • Method of Propagation: Seed propagation

  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Seeds

  • Can be Eaten Raw: No

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: No

  • Ripe: No

  • Both Raw & Ripe: No

  • Dangerous Form to Consume: Raw plant

  • As Food: Grain is used to make flat breads or are popped.

  • As Medicine: Helps control blood sugar levels and improves digestive health.

  • Cooking Method: Grind grain into flour and use in flatbreads; pop grains.

  • Preservation / Curing Technique: N/A

  • Does Require Another Plants to be cooked together: No

  • Souring Agents Required: N/A

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: High fiber content.

  • Medicinal Benefit: Helps with blood sugar and digestive health.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Helps control blood sugar levels and improves digestive health.


  • Tribal Recipe: Cooking sorghum: Cook sorghum by combining it with water or broth in a pot. Boil, then simmer covered for 45 to 60 minutes. Rest for 5 minutes, drain excess moisture, and fluff with a fork. Season with salt as desired.